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Blogging & Twitter Addictions?

Are you worried you spend too much time Twittering or blogging? Its a good thing to analyze how you spend your time.

We can turn anything into sin if it’s out of balance or if we have the wrong motivation. Shoes, make-up, food, TV, sports, pets, etc. can become addictions or idols.

Volunteer work at church can become sin when it’s out of balance (before family) or done with the motivation to win approval. Balance and motivation are the keys.

God Created us with a Desire for Relationships

Christianity is about relationships – relationships with God, and relationships with other people. Blogging or Twittering and commenting on a blog are ways to interact and develop relationships.

In Bible times women interacted daily at the well or gathering animals, etc. They also lived with extended families (grandma, aunts, cousins, etc.). Today’s American women are isolated and crave the company of other women. We don’t go to the community well each morning but we can go on the Internet.

Blogging and leaving comments are great ways we can encourage one another or bear one another’s burdens. There are going to be times when we just don’t have much strength and we need encouragement from others. God tells us,

  • Think of ways to encourage one another. (Hebrews 10:24)
  • build each other up… (1 Thess 5:11)
  • Bear one another’s burdens. (Gal 6:2)

Encouragement is a special expression of love helping us to focus on God and resist sin! “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13.

Tiny birds in my hand..I don’t feel guilty about blogging, Twittering or commenting when it is in balance.

I need relationships. God made me that way. However, the first relationship I need is God. If my time is spent anywhere else before I spend time with the Lord, it is out of balance.

Our Most Important Relationship

We can only encourage others and bear one another’s burdens when our relationship with God is in order. When I fail to take in spiritual nutrition, daily Bread, I walk in my flesh; I am too weak to battle the fiery darts; I am too weak to take every thought captive.

But when I take the time to read God’s powerful Word I get strength and wisdom. It is only through this essential two-way communication—prayer and Bible study—that we build our relationship with God. And only then do we get the strength to walk in His ways, resist temptations, and gain the wisdom to make the right choices that will affect our entire lives (and our children’s and grandchildren’s lives).

Max Anders said,

“It matters to God how we use our time. It is something which He has given us. We don’t own it. We are responsible to manage it for Him. It doesn’t mean we must always work. Part of our time should be used in recreation and rest, the development and enjoyment of relationships. But we must be aware of how we use our time, and use it wisely” (30 Days to Understanding the Bible).

If you are on the Internet to the point that you put aside Bible study, recognize this as a signal, like recognizing hunger pain as a signal to eat, that it is TIME for Bible study and prayer. Time is limited. It is like a bandwidth. Use it well.

Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

What do you think? Are you a good steward of your time? Is Bible study a priority in your day? Pray about evaluating your schedule and ask God to lead!

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12 comments

  1. THE reason why I began to keep a blog was for fellowship. I am using HOWTA and believe that God wants us to obey His Word. I am also on the other side of the world and don’t know ANYONE like minded. Finding you, Robin, and this little community has been wonderful. An absolute blessing from the Lord. The temptation to spend too much time on the computer is there, but like you once said it is about balance. I’m also struggling with getting to bed earlier, and keeping on top of the housework! I’m convicted by that quote from Max Anders. Yes, The Lord is interested in how I use the time he gives me. Thank you for pointing this out, Robin. Blogging and interacting on the internet is not exactly the same as meeting at the well each day (Oh, how I long for that!!) but at the moment it is the next best thing. We pray for right fellowship, and the Lord knows what each one of us needs. 1 Thess.5:11 “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another , just as you also are doing” 🙂
    Love, Chrissy

  2. I spent the first 3 hours of today making apple juice, apple sauce and apple butter, then we had apple turnovers for picnic lunch on the lawn, then I painted my livingroom (1st coat) this afternoon, while listening to 3 teaching CD’s by Ralph Messer – about the Idols in your Heart… I’d say I’m entitled to blog a little and comment a little.

  3. Robin,
    I could not have said it better myself…Anything can become sinful if we are not careful, and yet when used right, for good and noble purposes, can serve to glorify God…I love connecting with women with such wisdom and insight..it makes me think and helps me daily on my walk..thank you for posting such wonderful, relavent thoughts!!
    you are one of those who is helping me on my walk…be blessed in the balance…God first, family second…fellowship and friendship, Godly ones….they all serve a purpose…
    be blessed tonight!
    lori

  4. I agree wholeheartedly Robin. Time spent is time gone forever and we will have to account for it. Life should be enjoyed true but not at the cost of duty. The beauty is in the journey itself not just watching other travelers and all roads do not lead to Christ,
    Blessings
    Theresa

  5. Hi Robin!

    I just wanted to stop by and catch up with you a bit. I wrote about this very issue on my blog, and truthfully it is VERY hard for me not to get sucked in. So my computer time is very, very limited, and I hardly comment anymore.

    You did an AWESOME job redoing your website, and I am so, so thankful for all of the hard work you (and your family!) has done to provide such great material, links, and support. Thank you so very much. If you have a moment, could you let me know if you have a HOW button I could put on my blog? I’d love to help direct other moms in need of your wonderful resources.

    Just “thank you” again. I’d give you a hug if I could! 🙂

    Blessings,
    Keri

  6. Love this post Robin,
    I’m going to use it on my blog (as you have given me prior permission) and link it back here to you of course.

    hey, thanks heaps for getting the drop down arcive working again!

  7. This is an excellent post, Robin and something I have been thinking quite a lot about. I love how you shared about how modern women are isolated and how the internet can be a source of fellowship. This is one of the most important reasons why I love Twitter and Facebook.

    I am wondering if you would consider being a guest on my podcast in December. I just finished scheduling my shows for the year the other day and one of them is going to be on Internet Addiction. The pros and cons of being on the internet. I’d love you to be my special guest if you would. It’s scheduled for December 3rd. Email me and let me know if you can make it.

  8. Wonderful post Robin. I think sometimes we all need to be reminded that we can so easily turn most anything, especially things we consider ‘good’, into mini gods. And most of us would be mortified to realize we’d hurt our Creator’s heart by wasting time or becoming so busy ‘doing good’ that we forgot to spend time with Him. But we do it….so thanks for the reminder. It will help us all to be more vigilant in our use of time and making sure we keep Him first in our lives.

    So happy to see you feeling better and posting again. Blessings. Spitfire

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